My Dog Skip 2000 (w/ Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Kevin Bacon) – 3 stars – A boy is friendless and doesn’t play sports too well, is given a puppy by his mom for his birthday. A wonderful friendship is made between them. It was a very heartfelt story about how a dog is able to bring different people together to this young boy. Really a great periodical film with great fashion. I enjoyed it and didn’t really think that I would have! content: light language, name calling
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (w/ Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks) – 3 stars – I never saw this movie before but always wanted to, not really ever knowing what it was about. Turns out it is about a man who becomes a widower left to care for his son alone. He is hardly getting any sleep and coping with the loss of his wife and a radio station gets involved. A woman who hears about him pursues him and wants to be with him but he doesn’t know she even exists. So sweet. content: woman in a slip, father talking to his son about him about knowing about porn, kissing, people in bed together going to bed or waking up that are engaged.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 (w/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley) – 3 stars – a boy who gets adopted into the royal kingdom of Persia needs to unlock a mystery that causes an issue of tragedy in his life in which he is framed for committing a crime for. He and a Princess from another kingdom start to learn things together while not really enjoying each other’s company. This was a good movie with a lot of action involved. I didn’t think I’d like it but the story wasn’t bad, and yes I am aware of the video game in which it was based off of. content: violence, girls wearing outfits that aren’t really modest (belly dancers and such), a whole few frames focusing on a woman’s cleavage, kissing
Casper 1995 (w/ Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Devon Sawa, Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty) – 2.75 stars – I always had wanted to see this movie but my mom never let me when it came out and I just hadn’t seen it afterwards. . .yet I watched the cartoons and read the comics before the film was in theatres. It is about a woman who inherits a large estate that happens to be filled with ghosts that don’t want to be bothered. She hires a man who says he can help ghosts cross over to their afterlives. He moves into the estate with his daughter to get the job done but end up meeting not just bad ghosts, but a friendly one. Very wacky story. Kinda silly actually. I used to want to see this because I used to love all of the movies Christina Ricci was in when I was a kid (she’s nearly 3 years older than me only) and I had a major crush on Devon Sawa at that time too – who was Casper. content: language, ghosts & spiritual imagery, things said by Casper like “there’s a girl in my bed! yes!!”, kissing
The Wizard 1989 (w/ Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Beau Bridges, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis) – 2 stars – a little boy named Jimmy keeps running away from home and is not acting like his usual self at all. His older brother however decides to give him his wish by running away to California with him. People go on a hunt for them, but they meet a girl who helps them make money. Turns out Jimmy is amazing at playing Nintendo games. This movie was okay. It had a nice storyline. I just think some of it was cheesy, but granted I remember 1989 very well and it was so strange to see all the games that I remember watching my older brothers play on their nintendo back then haha. content: declaration of breasts being touched, short kissing, mocking people, lots of name calling and some light language included
April Love 1957 (w/ Pat Boone, Shirley Jones) – 3.25 stars – I thought this was a sweet story and I am fond of both of these actors’ other works, so I thought I’d like it. It is about a young man on probation and has to work with his uncle who doesn’t really want a trouble maker in his home. He really wants to help train a pretty wild horse that needs breaking, and meets a young woman who is a bit of a tom boy. There are pretty songs sung throughout the movie and beautiful dresses! content: girls in slip/changing/going into shower without anything really being seen at all because there are things blocking views, kissing
Little House on the Prairie [2-disk movie series] 2005 (w/ Erin Cottrell, Cameron Bancroft, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle Chuchran) – 2.5 stars – I read the book series and saw all the t.v. series and decided to see the movie version of Little House on the Prairie. They kept a lot of things in line with the book which was nice. However they missed the overall joyful and fun aspect of the book and made it boring. Pa played his fiddle constantly in the book yet here I don’t even think he played it at all. Jack was a different breed dog that they lived up a bit, Carrie (youngest in the family in this book) was not even in it, and Laura’s hair was always talked about being brown and they even used the brown vs. blonde statements from the book in this movie but it didn’t work since Laura’s hair was also blonde. Weird. little things like that I do think matter. haha. They made it seem like Pa was not as jovial as he always was, but more troubled. It just didn’t have the same feel as the books did at all, even if the storyline was close enough. content: women shown at one point dressed immodestly as they’re prostitutes
Camp Rock 2 2010 (w/ Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas) – 2.5 stars – Two camps are going to battle it out because the directors used to each be in a band together but don’t really get along these days. Seems also that people are learning about love and leadership. I adore good harmonies which this film had. The story was a little corny, but it was better than the first one. content: practical jokes, kissing, girls in short skirts
His Girl Friday 1940 (w/ Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy) – 2.75 stars – Lots of comedy and drama in this movie about a newspaper publisher who’s ex-wife tells him she’s about to get married and quit the business of newspapering to be a housewife and mom. He tries to do whatever he can to stop her because he wants to marry his ex-wife himself. There’s also a big investigation over a crime done by a man who might not belong on death row and the publisher uses the story as a way to lure his wife to do one more job for him before she leaves it all. I always wanted to see this movie and I might have once in the past but didn’t recall it. Anyway it was good. I just think it was a bit strange haha.
Easter Parade 1948 (w/ Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller) – 3 stars – When a dance sensation looses his dance partner, he allows a nobody to audition for him. She can sing but doesn’t dance all that great. All of it is just to try to get his dance partner back. . but will it work? It was a good movie with great dancing and singing. content: some immodest dance outfits
Midnight Madness 1980 (w/ David Naughton, Debra Clinger, Michael J. Fox, Eddie Deezen) – 2.25 stars – A bunch of college kids have a game against each other that is a big scavenger hunt of getting clues. Each group has their own issues and have to get through them as they also compete against other teams. This movie had fun moments and was cute at times. It was also corny as could be. I don’t know how this was a Disney film though. content: cruel jokes on other people in competition, women immodestly dressed on roller skates in first scene for a few minutes, guy measuring breasts on a mannequin, woman flaunting her cleavage as everyone stares at them for an entire scene, light language
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 2010 (w/ voices Jim Sturgess, Emily Barklay, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill – 3.25 stars – what gorgeous animation this movie has. stunningly beautiful!! a barn owl gets kidnapped and is to be trained to become a cruel but strong owl. He refuses to be cruel and tries to escape, since he wants to be part of a good clan of guardian owls instead. I plan on reading the books maybe next year. sometimes the storyline was a little lax for me. overall it was very enjoyable and beautiful. content: violence between owls, kidnapping, slavery.
I usually list bands and albums and songs I like from the album, but I thought instead I would feature one band at a time since these entries are long enough! I rarely get comments on anything other than the movie reviews anyway, so this should be more simplified and easier for you all. Let me know your thoughts.
Featured Band & album
Eisley – The Valley album This album just came out a few days ago. I’ve been an Eisley fan since about 2005 and really enjoy all their songs (my photography named “Marvelous Things” is actually from one of their songs). This album is so much different than the rest of them because some major issues have happened in some of the members’ lives over the past year or two (like a divorce and a broken engagement, etc). The songs are really powerful and try to have some sort of positivity despite the issues they’ve gone through. I especially love the songs “Better Love”, “Mr. Moon”, and “The Valley”. I am in love with how they harmonize together which is what drew me in for pretty much the majority of all bands I listen to. Here’s a live recording of them playing the title track from the album. It is definitely an album I can listen to over and over again without tiring of it.